DON'T CALL IT A COMEBACK...
Sony just announced a new pair of Walkmans, the NW-A300 and NW-ZX700. The devices are based on Android, which means they can access multiple music-playing apps on the Google Play Store.
The Sony NW-A300 (right) is the cheaper version, retailing for around £359. It comes with a 3.6-inch 1280 x 720 touchscreen LCD, 32 GB of storage and promises a battery life of up to 36 hours.
The device has physical buttons for most of its functions in a pleasing nod to its past. It comes in black and blue, with Japan also receiving a grey option.
Then, for the audiophiles, there is the NW-ZX700 which will retail for around £700. It comes with a 5-inch LCD HD screen, and 64 GB of storage and includes a 4.4mm audio jack usually found only on high-end headphones alongside the standard 3.5mm jack.
It features a high-end audio amplifier and upgraded capacitors to power the analogue audio output. It promises to provide 23 hours of audio playback.
Both Walkmans use Sony's Artificial Intelligence-powered Edge-AI and DSEE Ultimate (Digital Sound Enhancement Engine) to upscale compressed digital music files to higher quality.
For some reason, the software also includes a feature that adds vinyl sounds to a track. There's also a special cassette tape user interface and screensaver.
Both Walkmans are set to launch in Japan this February.
Click on the image to the left to watch the NW-ZX700 Series official product video from Sony.